I participated in two trainings with TCLP, followed by a life-changing Delegation to the Middle East in 2008 (CK DATE) with my husband Michael. We have both tried to integrate and continue the practice in our personal and professional lives as well as in political conflict. The concept of `an enemy as someone whose story you haven’t heard’ holds true in so many situations. The techniques we’ve learned with TCLP enable us to be peacemakers in our family and our community. We keep learning, and are presenting a workshop ourselves at Limmud Vancouver 2016.
Bonnie Sherr Klein,
Officer of the Order of Canada
"I am a life-long student and teacher of Compassionate Listening, have seen its life-changing benefits in every aspect of my own life and have been privileged to witness the transformational power of the work in the trainings I offer. The practices help people understand that the best way to listen is by being present in their hearts, a revelation that relieves them of feeling the need to offer advice or say something profound in response to hearing another's challenges. The trainings also offer tools and insights to dealing with challenging or conflictual relationships, which, of course, we all have. This work is precious and powerful!" ~ Therese Charvet, Bainbridge Island, WA (My workshops are listed at Sacredgroves.com)
One day I was invited to attend an event sponsored by the Compassionate Listening Project to listen to a Palestinian. I thought, "This changes everything." Three months later I was on a delegation to Israel and Palestine. Now, compassionate listening is a part of every facet of my life: I weave it into my teaching curriculum, I practice it in my personal life, I give workshops. See video at www.shoreline.edu/listening-tree
The compassionate listening project taught me things I wish every human being has access to. The practices and exercises are powerful no matter where you want to make a difference in life; politics, organizations, or your family and relationships. Engaging in this with work will be a lifetime journey that I hope many others join me on.
Review from Guidestar
I've been to at least half a dozen workshops and each time is a transformative and illuminating experience. Yael Petretti is an especially skilled practitioner and a gifted teacher.
I have carried the compassionate listening perspectives and techniques with me into every aspect of my personal and professional lives, and all have benefitted. If there's hope for peace on earth, this will surely be part of it.
I have been a part of TCLP for over 15 years starting when I saw the video "The Children of Abraham." I recently went on my third delegation, this time as a trainer. I received mentoring from the founder, Leah Green, and can attest to the effectiveness of the skills I learned and now teach. Speaking and listening from the heart is incredibly effective in all situations of conflict whether in the context of family dynamics or political tension. I have now taught these skills in seven different countries and they adapt readily to every culture. The power of listening can be truly transformational when the listener learns to listen without judgment or interrupting. It's a natural skill that we all have and just need to be reminded.
I became aware of the Compassionate Listening Project in 2010 from a professor at Antioch University. He said that CLP offered great trainings and facilitated grassroots, life changing work. Having gone through three of their trainings since 2011 and having participated as a delegate on one of their trips to Israel/Palestine, I am in complete agreement. Teaching individuals the skills to re-humanize their ‘enemy’ is a profound and transformative gift that is desperately needed in the world. Learning to compassionately listen to the ‘other’, humanizes both the speaker and the listener. CLP instills dignity, respect and empathy into difficult interactions, allowing space to safely experience and reflect on emotions, perceptions, beliefs and values, and where both parties are changed at the end of a session. I continuously use these skills while working on issues related to classism, racism, sexism and privilege. William Osmun
Review from Guidestar
The Compassionate Listening Project is doing essential work to enhance the quality of individual lives and make the world a better place. I have been fortunate to have participated in a recent delegation to Israel/Palestine where I was able to see for myself the difference that the CLP has made in this troubled region. Over and over again the Peacemakers that we met on both sides of the conflict said to us: "Leah Green changed my life!" Who is Leah Green? The founder of the CLP and originator of the Compassionate Listening Methodology that helps us learn to cultivate compassion, to respect ourselves and others, to listen without judgement, and to speak from the heart. Mastery of these skills helps to create a safe space for dialogue and is particularly helpful when we feel vulnerable. The work of the Compassionate Listening Project in Palestine over the past 30 delegations has clearly had a deep impact on the lives of the people it touched, strengthening them, inspiring them and giving them a space for understanding.
I have benefited from my initial Compassionate Listening Workshop several years ago and have continued with a group ever since. I've been able to integrate what I have learned at my workplace, my home and in my personal relationships. It’s been a gift that has kept on giving!
Thank you Leah and thank you to all my friends involved in the CLP!
Review from Guidestar
In 2001, as the Director of a peace organization in New England, I was invited to participate in a Basic Compassionate Listening training nearby. This invitation came at the perfect time as I had found that many in the "peace community" were anything but peaceful in their own behavior and in their approach to peace-building. From the moment I began to learn the skill and art of Compassionate Listening, I saw it as the "real deal" in terms of learning to be peaceful in our own hearts and thus becoming powerful influences for peace in our surroundings. I pursued a deepening study and practice of Compassionate Listening, which has changed my entire way of being with others and dealing with conflict. The Compassionate Listening curriculum, which I have taught for over ten years now, gives us the tools to see what obstacles lie in the path of our being able to really listen, with our total presence and healing intention, to others - and to work on eliminating those obstacles. The work I have done with people from all walks of life, both here and in the Middle East, has shown me how effectively Compassionate Listening melts the hearts of people who would otherwise never sit in the same room together. Once "enemies" have been able to listen to each others' stories, they can relate to one another as human beings who suffer from the same things and who want the same things for themselves and their families. Witnessing this melting, and the personal "aha" moments that participants so frequently experience, just keeps me coming back to do more and more of this work. I do not know how many hundreds or even thousands of people the Compassionate Listening Project has touched and enriched; but I can certainly count myself among them.
I have been a Compassionate Listening facilitator for about five years and have led Compassionate Listening workshops in the community, at Grateford Prison, in Rwanda, at my university, and in churches and synagogues. Without exception the workshops have been met with high levels of appreciation and invitations to return. More importantly, though, I've experienced Compassionate Listening to be transformational, bringing a reduction to conflict.. Dozens of people have told me the workshops changed their lives. It was transformational for me.